Alcohol Awareness Class in Long Beach helps servers as football season gets underway – Long Beach Press Telegram

With football season comes parties, and with parties, usually some sort of adult beverage or two (or more).

But people may want to think twice before stopping for “just one more,” and now they could have some help from employees at bars and restaurants. That’s because the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is offering free training.

The Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs helps recognize when people have drunk too much, and teaches what to do about it. Free classes are offered at various times and places, including Long Beach Police Department headquarters, 400 W. Broadway.

Legends Restaurant & Sports Bar is one establishment where all employees get training — and have been since it was first offered in 1991. As college and NFL football get underway in earnest, Legends employees will take a refresher course. The program includes cutting off people who’ve overindulged.

“The LEAD program, and other similar training programs, is an important part in becoming a server or bartender,” co-owner Eric Johnson said in an email. “We have implemented ‘responsible alcohol service’ classes/instruction as part of our initial and ongoing staff training. We feel it greatly helps our team provide excellent customer service by being responsible and professional in the way we serve our guests alcoholic beverages. This follows our own philosophy of customer service and also providing a safe and rewarding work environment for our staff and customers.”

When someone overindulges, Johnson said staff members know what to do.

“When it does happen, we approach the customer with respect and simply explain the situation,” Johnson said. “In almost all cases the guest is polite and understands and is fine with not being served.”

For general manager Zach Weber, the program has been rewarding since he first learned it.

“I took my first LEAD class because

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